Seahouses is fortunate to enjoy periodic visits by the Ebor Morris Dancers coming north to us from York. Their own four-part orchestra animates the range of traditional dances with their energetic wavings and turnings, formations and progressions. If you missed their various performances around the village you can sample some of their previous demonstrations via the videos on their website.
FIRST EVER ST. OSWALDS ULTRA HUNDRED-MILE RACE
Not all the St. Oswalds Ultra runners were set on the full one-hundred-mile (160 km) challenge! Having all set off from Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island at 7.00 am (yes, 0700 hours) on Saturday the 20th of September, they were fairly strung out by the time they had progressed down the Northumberland Coast Path and St. Oswald's Way as far as Seahouses. Some would finish their runs at Craster after a less daunting 50 km (31 miles): others would compromise with their double distance, 100 km (62 miles), via Warkworth to finish inland at Rothbury. Overnight runners were allowed 36 hours to cover the full distance to Chollerford - NE46 4EW if you're not sure where that is! You can check the data and details on the St. Oswalds Ultra website with its link to St. Oswald's Hospice.
SEAHOUSES GLAMOUR PHOTOGRAPHY (FOR PETS)
The reception area of the Seahouses Alnorthumbria Vets surgery was turned into a professional photographic studio one day in mid-September. It was a vital part of a charity scheme to discover 'the face of Alnorthumbria Pets'. For their charitable donation folk could have their dog or cat or rabbit or ... whatever photographed by Rebecca Ashworth Photography and entered into the competition. Charities benefiting were SHAK, BARK, Alexa's Animals, red squirrels and MUSHER (Husky rescue).
LEARNING TO WALK ON WATER
THE ULTIMATE IN SMALL-BOAT SAILING
The schools have gone back but that doesn't mean that Seahouses closes for the winter! Even on a rather dull morning in mid-September there is plenty of scope for activities in and around the village, along the AONB coast and on the water. This scene was just off the outermost harbour rocks. The small yacht had to motor for lack of any wind, but that calm made ideal conditions for these board sailors to try out the latest addition to the repertoire of water sports.
It has become necessary to establish that this 'seahouseswebsite' be under the control of a formally recognisable group - of Seahouses folk of course. Its function is to ensure that the website is fulfilling a useful purpose, and the group may perhaps seek the small amount of funding needed from public sources. (It is impossible for individuals to apply for public money in this context, hence the need for a formal group.) Little work should be involved: once set up an annual meeting may be all that is needed, unless the group decides otherwise. The group needs -
interested local individuals seeking to safeguard or enhance the public image of Seahouses as a holiday destination.
incomers or longstanding Seahouses residents, anyone keen to ensure that the website constitutes a useful and reliable source of local information through its trade and community directories, its News and Forthcomings pages, and so on.
frequent and/or regular non-resident visitors to Seahouses who can represent the practical interests of our tourists.
If you come into any of these categories please email Mike: the sooner the better.
The North Sunderland and Seahouses Gardening Association held its very successful 32nd ANNUAL SHOW on Saturday the 30th of August. There's an illustrated report on the relevant web page.
Officially opened by Jonathan Miles of BBC Radio Newcastle, there were plenty of activities around the Lifeboat Station, though the object of the exercise, both there and all around the village, was to collect buckets of cash!
In addition to exhibits there were sales stalls and opportunities to ride motor-bikes and -trikes. 'Family Fun Day' elements up on the car park included entertainment features for all ages.
The RAF Rescue helicopter was needed down south but the two Seahouses lifeboats, all-weather RNLB Grace Darling and inshore Peter Downes, put to sea in choppy conditions and showed off some of their skills - with and against the waves; forwards and backwards; circling and spinning; and holding station close to the sea wall.
GREAT NORTH BIKE RIDE
Seahouses was totally taken over by thousands - yes, thousands - of folk supporting the Chris Lucas Trust by taking part in the Great North Bike Ride on the morning of Sunday, 24th of August. Bikes and tandems; delivery lorries and coaches; support vehicles and marshalls: they filled the car parks and most of the surrounding streets ahead of the 9.00 am start.
The thousands were well organised and labelled beforehand. The event provided an exhibition for those of us not involved as to what modern bikes look like. And high-tech accessories can include GPS/speed/timer displays, as well as miniature video cameras mounted on the handlebars or on the helmet!
Then away through the official Start Gate, and riders set off, leaving Seahouses en route for Tynemouth Priory and Castle. A fortunate gentle breeze helped them southwards, with sunny periods to keep the event cheerful.
In case you're curious too ...
It hasn't been immediately obvious why holes were being dug in our harbour! Enquiries were instituted with the authority of seahouseswebsite. Apparently the latest improvements being carried out include upgrading the electrical lighting and power systems, with advantages in terms of convenience, reliability and safety. The improvements were becoming visible by mid-August, right.
FOOTBALL, FOODS AND FUNDS
SUE RYDER CARE benefited financially while young footballers of both sexes were helped with their expertise by Trident Soccer equipped with their electronic monitor. Spared the threatened downpours, Saturday morning the second of August, was kind too to the supporters and stall holders both inside and outside the tent on Seahouses First School playingfield.
PINK PYJAMA FUN NIGHT
Fun and games was the order of the evening when supporters of the Dianne Wiggett Pink Ribbon Tribute Fund raided hostelries such as the 'Black Swan' and other public places armed with charm, raffle tickets and collection boxes supporting the BREAST CANCER CAMPAIGN. That was at the start of the month, the first of August. The magnificent outcome was £513.53!
SEAHOUSES VILLAGE NOW HAS ITS OWN
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING POINT
Greener travellers to Seahouses are now assured of their ability to return home, thanks to the Electric Vehicle Charging Point located in the heart of the main car park.
SEAHOUSES POST OFFICE OPENS IN MAIN STREET
The new pattern along the north side of Main Street includes the iconic Post Office sign: between Boots' pharmacy cross and the clock, Corklee News at number 26 Main Street (NE68 7RQ) now incorporates the Post Office. Facilities include postal services; Post Office card account; cash deposits and withdrawals (chip & pin); postal orders; moneygram; electronic bill payments; car tax; e top-ups; and euro and other travel currencies. Remarkably, all those are now available from 7.00 am to 7.30 pm Monday to Saturday: 7.00 am to 5.00 pm on Sunday. Postmistress in charge is Judi.
MAIN STREET OPPORTUNITY
There's a rare opportunity to join the commercial resources of this seaside village community. Number 35 Main Street is a modest retail outlet right in the centre of the shopping section of Main Street. It's available to rent: details are available from the agents on 01665 603581.
STREETS DIRECTORY : A to Z and FOOTPATHS MAP
New pages have been added to this seahouseswebsite showing all the roads in Seahouses and North Sunderland. There are listings by names and by locations on the Streets page. Estate and long-distance routes are shown on the Footpaths map.
SEAHOUSES / SUE RYDER CALENDAR 2015 NOW ON SALE
The 2015 edition of the Seahouses Calendar is now available from the Sue Ryder charity shop at 11 Main Street, Seahouses, between Pinnacles and the Olde Ship Hotel at the sea end of the village. Produced locally, well over half the cover price of £4.95 is retained by the charity.
Twelve iconic Seahouses pictures adorn the cover: each then features on its own month display along with public holidays and other events, leaving space for your own appointments and notes. A plain white envelope is included.
If you are unable to call in, phone the Sue Ryder shop on 01665 721652 instead.
SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL FOR SALE AROUND THE VILLAGE
For the first time ever, so far as we can learn, there is now a purpose-designed SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL. Rather larger than your average kitchen accessory, it measures 20" wide and 30" long. Photographic images show a boat trip "To the Farne Islands and Holy Island"; "North Beach"; "Thrift"; "Busy harbour in the centre of the village"; "Orchid"; "Smoke-house kippers"; "Fresh sea food" lobster; "Angler boat"; "Countryside too" across farmland to the Cheviots; "Beach rides"; "South beach"; "Railway walk"; and "RNLB Grace Darling".
Stockists include Drift and Polka Dot in the Main Street centre of the village; Swallow Fish in South Street just off the Coast Walk route; and the Tourist Information Centre on the main car park. The concensus indicates a retail price of £4.99 each.
GOLF BALL RECYCLING in aid of R N L I Lifeboats:
The Resource Centre, 62 Main Street, Seahouses.
All contributors and purchasers welcome!
Some one-time news items of possible historic interest are stored on our News Archive page.